As a service business the Board recognises that the success of our business is built on the high quality of our talented and diverse workforce.
As a service business the Board recognises that the success of our business is built on the high quality of our talented and diverse workforce and that the long-term success of the Group is dependent on the quality, skills, dedication and motivation of our people. By supporting our people we continue to help them grow and develop to ensure that they have the best skills to perform their job and to develop long-term aspirations and goals with us. Keeping our people inspired remains one of our highest priorities. Accordingly we are focused on creating an environment where performance is rewarded, people are respected for their contribution, diversity and inclusion is encouraged and where integrity is upheld in all aspects of our work. The Group remains committed to recruiting, retaining and developing the highest calibre employees to maximise business growth and performance and is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and job applicants free of discrimination.
The Company also recognises the need to provide varying working practices to support both the needs of the Company and that of the employee to maintain a successful work-life balance. In support of this the Company operates a flexible working policy.
We support our employees through training and on-going investment and seek to ensure that employees are informed on matters affecting their employment and business developments in the Group through management briefings and newsletters, the Group's website, the Group's intranet resource and by the distribution of Preliminary and Interim Announcements and press releases. Copies of the Annual Report and Accounts are also made available to the operating business and this communication process enables employees to gain an understanding of the Group's objectives and their roles in achieving them.
To enable personal development, employees are encouraged to participate in training and development programmes and to obtain professional qualifications relevant to their roles through the Group's training programmes. The Group has broadened its management development and graduate recruitment programme which focuses on recruiting talented graduates, developing skills and experience and producing potential future managers.
We operate in a competitive marketplace and the Board recognises the importance of rewarding employees appropriately for the value they bring to the business and aims to offer rewards that attract and retain key talent. In addition, the Company encourages employees to share in its success through share ownership and annually invites employees to participate in its share schemes. At 31 December 2015, 290 employees were participants of the James Fisher Savings Related Share Option Scheme (2014: 287).
Equal opportunities and diversity
The Company is committed to equal opportunity and it is our policy to ensure that all employees and potential employees are treated fairly regardless of their race, religious or political beliefs, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. We aim to ensure that people from any background or gender have equal access to employment, training and career progression opportunities. We strive to select individuals on merit and do not consider that targets or quotas are appropriate.
The Board recognises that by having a diverse workforce the Group is better placed to meet the differing requirements of our global customer base. A strategy is in place to identify current and/or future potential successors to senior management roles throughout the Group and gender diversity is encouraged by the Board.
Set out below is a breakdown of the average number of persons by gender and category throughout the Group:
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All of our employees are treated with respect and dignity and harassment of any kind is not tolerated. It is our policy and practice to give full and fair consideration to applications for employment by disabled people. If an employee became disabled during the course of their employment, wherever practicable, the Company would make every effort to ensure that arrangements and adjustments are made to continue their employment and arrange appropriate training for that employee.
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